Mt Dobson



Mount Dobson Ski Area turnoff is situated 11km's west of Fairlie township on the main Christchurch / Queenstown Highway. The 15km long access road is unsealed, but a wide smooth mountain road, arguably the easiest alpine road in New Zealand. The road climbs to 1692m and the carpark is New Zealand's highest. There is plenty of level parking at the base facilities. A shuttle service is available weekends and holidays from the toll gate.

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Mt Dobson, Contact

Phone: +64 3 6858039
Fax: +64 3 6858716
Mail: 30 Alloway St, Fairlie, New Zealand.

Late June to Early October

Small commercial area, privately owned by the Foote family.

Lift Info

Total: 4

  • Doppelmayr Triple chair lift, up the west valley, installed in 2001,
  • Doppelmayr T Bar 860metres long giving access to the main runs,
  • Doppelmayr Learner/intermediate Platter lift. longest in NZ at 466metres,
  • Beginner Rope Tow 100 metres long



2 Kassbohrer PB 200's



Terrain Park


Restaurants & Cafes

On-mountain cafe. Hot drinks, hot food, and confectionery are all available.



Mountain Shuttle

Mountain transport is currently being planned, from Fairlie, on weekends and school holidays. The shuttle will leave from Binney's Tearooms (Fairlie Heritage Museum, 49 Mt Cook Rd) promptly at 9.00 am - so be early to make sure you get a seat, as numbers are limited.

Snowco supports;

Rental Equipment

Dobson have 300 sets of skis on mountain, including carving skis. They also have 50 snowboards available and protective equipment such as wrist guards. There is also a limited range of clothing for hire.

  • Base Altitude

    1600 m

  • Highest Altitude

    2030 m

  • Vertical Drop

    430 m

  • Skiable Area

    400 Ha

  • Annual Snowfall

    1.5 m

  • Average Snow Depth

    65 cm

About Mt Dobson

If someone was do design a ski area specifically fro beginner and intermediate riders, it would come out looking something like Dobson.  The ski & board area is situated on the south-west side of the basin on the east side of the Two Thumbs Range.

Facilities include a warm cafeteria, ski and snowboard rental, ski patrol and ski/snowboard school

Mount Dobson is owned and operated by the Foote Family who have made it their commitment to make this the friendliest ski area around. With regular snowfalls on its peaks and across its wide open slopes, Mt Dobson offers a fun skiing and snowboarding for everyone. It is well suited to families, beginners and intermediates, but high above the groomed slopes there is soft smooth powder to challenge the best skiers and snowboarders.

There is a good range of quality boots and poles for hire, and with the increasing popularity of snowboarding, additional boots and boards are now available for hire. They offer a limited stock of carver skis - come and give them a try for a special experience.

Ski school offers lessons for all grades of skiers/ snowboarders. Jane Stevens, Ski School Director also offers lessons for disabled skiers. "We make learning and improving very easy and affordable with Mt Dobson Easy Packs." These includes lift ticket, equipment hire and lessons at a specially discounted price package price for learners, intermediates and snowboarders.


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